alexa The role of racial identity in responses to thin media ideals
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Yuki Fujioka, Erin Ryan, Mark Agle, Melissa Legaspi, Raiza Toohey

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A survey of 286 White and Black female college students examined the racial differences in perception of thin media images and its relation to personal importance of thinness and fear of fat. Consistent with the intergroup literature and social identity theory, this study demonstrated that Black women rated thin media images less desirable and endorsed thinness less strongly than their White counterparts. Perceived desirability of thin media images was related to greater personal endorsement of thinness among both White and Black women but related only to White women's, not to Black women's, fear of fat. Racial identity interacted with race in predicting personal endorsement of thinness, with the highest ratings among high White identifiers and the lowest ratings among high Black identifiers. It did not, however, interact with perceived desirability of thin media images in predicting fear of fat.

This article was published in Communication Research and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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